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Spanish Language Book Discussion: Wicked City

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Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Coffee and a Book

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Friday, April 15, 2011 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Gurley Girls Book Club: Wicked City

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Ace Atkins
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Wicked City

Phenix City, Alabama, from its founding during the Civil War, has been the dirty, not-so-little secret of the South. It is a riverside no-man's land, a place where a blind eye has historically been turned to vice of every sort, including prostitution, gambling, and even murder. Atkins shows us Phenix City in its 1950s hey-day, where a battle is building between a handful of decent citizens and the underworld willing to do anything to maintain their control. Atkins draws from the worlds of pulp and Faulkner, using characters from the town's true history to tell a story of the best and worst of morality, and the ambiguity in between.

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Chinese Language Book Discussion: Wicked City

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Ace Atkins
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Wiked City

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Phenix City, Alabama, from its founding during the Civil War, has been the dirty, not-so-little secret of the South. It is a riverside no-man's land, a place where a blind eye has historically been turned to vice of every sort, including prostitution, gambling, and even murder. Atkins shows us Phenix City in its 1950s hey-day, where a battle is building between a handful of decent citizens and the underworld willing to do anything to maintain their control. Atkins draws from the worlds of pulp and Faulkner, using characters from the town's true history to tell a story of the best and worst of morality, and the ambiguity in between. Read more about Chinese Language Book Discussion: Wicked City

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Knit 1, Read Too!: Wicked City

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Ace Atkins
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Wiked City

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Phenix City, Alabama, from its founding during the Civil War, has been the dirty, not-so-little secret of the South. It is a riverside no-man's land, a place where a blind eye has historically been turned to vice of every sort, including prostitution, gambling, and even murder. Atkins shows us Phenix City in its 1950s hey-day, where a battle is building between a handful of decent citizens and the underworld willing to do anything to maintain their control. Atkins draws from the worlds of pulp and Faulkner, using characters from the town's true history to tell a story of the best and worst of morality, and the ambiguity in between. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: Wicked City

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S2S/B2B Annual Author Event: Vanessa Davis Griggs

Sister 2 Sister/Brother 2 Brother is celebrating our fifth anniversary along with our annual author event on Saturday, March 19!  Purchase your tickets now to see author and motivational speaker Vanessa Davis Griggs.

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Tickets are $10 each, and may be purchased at the Main Library, the Showers Center Branch Library, or by calling 256-532-5950.

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Bailey Cove Evening: She's Come Undone

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Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Wally Lamb
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She's Come Undone

Lamb's fine debut novel about the travails of a troubled young woman was originally published in 1992. After quietly drifting into obscurity, She's Come Undone today sits atop the best sellers lists thanks to Oprah Winfrey's on-air endorsement. Lovable loser Dolores Price bounces from one tragedy to the next, retaining only her cynical sense of humor. Abandoned as a child by her father (who later tries to make amends, only to be met with Dolores's stubborn rejection), raped by a trusted adult, and later married to a philandering husband, Dolores nonetheless evolves into a cautious, wry adult. Kathy Najimy's sprightly reading is particularly strong when the narrative hits Dolores's adolescent years. For most popular collections.‘Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Read more about Bailey Cove Evening: She's Come Undone

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Bailey Cove Morning: Wicked City

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Ace Atkins
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Wicked City

PLEASE NOTE: this meeting has been rescheduled from the 12th!  We hope to see you here at the Library!

In the 1950s the "wickedest city in America" was not Las Vegas but Phenix City, AL. Located just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, GA, and nearby Fort Benning, it was a notorious haven for gamblers, prostitutes (about a thousand in a town of 23,000 people), con men, and murderers. Worse, this cesspool of vice and human depravity was run by a corrupt political and law enforcement machine that thwarted any attempt at reform with intimidation and violence. But the 1954 assassination of Attorney General-elect Albert Patterson, who had vowed to clean up Phenix City, set events in motion that would change this town forever. Atkins's sixth novel (after White Shadow) and the first set in his home state of Alabama is a fictionalized retelling of this chilling murder and its dramatic aftermath. As reflected in Atkins's use of shifting narratives between the first-person voice of Lamar Murphy, a boxer-turned-gas station owner who becomes the town's new reform-minded sheriff, and the third-person perspectives of the criminals who stop at nothing to hold onto their power, this is the classic Western tale of good vs. evil, "played out not with horses and Winchesters but with Chevys and Fords and .38s and switchblades." The result is a gripping, superb crime story, all the more remarkable because it really did happen. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Wicked City

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Bailey Cove Classics: The Inferno

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Dante Alighieri
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The Inferno

The first of the 3 canticles in "La divina commedia "(The Divine Comedy), this 14th-century allegorical poem begins Dante's imaginary journey from Hell to Purgatory to Paradise with his sojourn among the damned. There he encounters historical and mythological creatures -- each symbolic of a particular vice or crime. Translated beautifully by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: The Inferno

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Bailey Cove Classics: Madame Bovary

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Monday, March 7, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Gustave Flaubert
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Madame Bovary

In 1853 Flaubert wrote that his work on Madame Bovary was going slowly because his personality had never been of less use to him. On another occasion he stated he was Madame Bovary. Some critics take Madame Bovary to be a text about texts. Others believe Madam Bovary is merely proof that some people should never learn to read. This edition takes account of the controversies surrounding both Madame Bovary and Madame Bovary, and so includes 12 new critical essays, transcripts of Flaubert's obscenity trial, and a new introduction by Cohen (French and Italian, Stanford U.) Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Read more about Bailey Cove Classics: Madame Bovary

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